Poland to keep hotels and restaurants closed during winter holiday break

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Hotels and restaurants will probably have to remain closed during the winter holiday scheduled for January 4-17, the spokesperson of the Polish health ministry said on Tuesday.

Restaurants at the moment can only offer takeaway and delivery service under restrictions while hotels are closed though they are permitted to allow business guests. The closures, set to last till December 27, will now, it seems, be extended.

"During the winter holiday, restaurants and hotels will remain closed," Wojciech Andrusiewicz said.

Commenting on a tweet by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development, Labour and Technology Jaroslaw Gowin that ski slopes would be open this winter, Andrusiewicz said they would only be open for local residents rather than for winter holidaymakers.

"We're spending the winter holiday at home this year," he said.

Schools will also keep their doors shut until the Christmas break, which effectively lasts until January 3. The break will be immediately followed by two-week winter holidays for all regions of Poland, which will in effect keep students away from schools until January 17.